Phish - “Loving Cup” from Phish 3D - In Theaters April 30th (by Phish3DMovie)

Phish is a huge influence on how I approach writing music.  I’ve always enjoyed how they blend influences from all across the musical spectrum into one package.  As for this video in particular, I’ve always been a big fan of Phish’s cover of Loving Cup.  Hope you enjoy.

-Rob

Ani Difranco - 32 Flavors

Ani is one of two acoustic musicians that made me want to learn to play guitar.  She barely stands 5 feet tall, but when she plays even solo acoustic, she absolutely fills the room.  Her songwriting is smart, sometimes challenging, sometimes opinionated, but her voice takes command and requires you to at least listen.  Her guitar playing is at times delicate, and other times so powerful that you’re sure she’s going to destroy a few strings (in an interview once, she talked about how she strings and tunes her guitar so the strings are well stretched out.  I still use the technique she described on my acoustics).

This song is a favorite, and this recording is from one of her first tours with a band.  I haven’t heard her newer stuff, but this material still defines how I play guitar.


-Mark

TV on the Radio - Young Liars

This song introduced me to TV on the Radio, and between Tunde Adebimpe’s vocals and lyrics, and David Sitek’s production, I’ve been completely hooked.  I’m fascinated by sound they create, and how each song is it’s own universe.   Tunde approaches his vocals almost like Tom Waits, manipulating the tone, power, and timbre to suit each song.  Sitek’s production is a mix between Wall of Sound, noise rock, and world music.  Each song calls out to a bunch of different disparate styles that all somehow work together.

I’ve studied music production more because of this one song than almost any other band’s catalog.

-Mark

Sweet Home Chicago (by irayoswahili)

Putting Robert Johnson on the influence list seems obligatory.  Every other guitarist on this list has Robert Johnson on their list.  One of the Delta Blues greats.  He also died a Delta Blues death.  He drank whiskey poisoned by a bar owner who thought RJ was sleeping with his wife.

I also recently learned that a line that has always puzzled me in the original Sweet Home Chicago, “Back to the land of California” most likely refers to California Avenue, a thoroughfare on Chicago’s north side.  The lyric is often replaced in modern covers with the line, “Back to that same old place,” which dates back to pianist Roosevelt Sykes.

-Rob

Mastermind Behind “Layla” - Tom Dowd (by THX138Driver)

Tom Dowd was a musician, engineer, producer, physicist, mathematician, and everyday genius. Along with Eric Clapton he discusses how the album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs came together with Clapton, Duane Allman, and Derick and the Dominos. 

Filmed at Criteria Studios in Miami, FL, Dowd is shown at work behind the soundboards and reflecting on his memorable career. Dowd, whose creative spirit and passion for innovative technology helped shape the course of modern music, takes the controls behind the mixer relearning the title song Layla 30 years after its creation. From “Tom Dowd The Language of Music.”

Listening to Tom Dowd as he deconstructs the guitar work by Duane Allman and Eric Clapton is awesome.  The way Duane Allman’s slide hits the harmonics to compliment Clapton’s solo is mind boggling.

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womaninterrupted:

When I started this tumblr just over two years ago, I never imagined that I’d ever have a theme song or that this really would be a blog about men’s armpits. What a long strange road it’s been. The Really Good Pot Roast made me a theme song and it’s awesome! Follow them on tumblr. Listen to my theme song. Explore my armpit tag (x). Go!

I was scrolling through the archive and this came to my attention.  Still relevant.

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Rinse & Repeat - The Really Good Pot Roast

 

I’ve been exploring the > 2,000 tones in my Line 6 PodFarm looking for interesting new sounds I could use as inspiration.  This song started when I found a few new distortions that I really liked.  As I was noodling around with the 2 new tones, the lyric, “Work, dinner, sleep.  rinse and repeat.  It’s the same old grind.”  Everything else came from that line.  My idea was a song about that feeling you get at the end of the summer when you’re at your desk at work thinking about the good old days when you had summers off in college.  The lyrics just wouldn’t come, so I sent it off to Mark and he really came through.  The lyrics really tell the story I wanted to tell but couldn’t.  He also rewrote the bridge (Which I had labeled as “Shitty Bridge is Shitty” in the project file).  I’m pleased with where this song ended up.

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Twenty-Four Pounds - The Really Good Pot Roast

Ever since Dr. Cranquis posted this article we’ve been messaging with him back and forth about how best to tackle it as a song.  Not a groundbreaking movement, but a fun little tune.  This is our #1 song about #2.

Anybody have any more poop jokes before we move on?

Enjoy the pool!

No. 1 swimming pool problem? It's number two! - NBC News.com

A while ago, Dr. Cranquis posted this article.  MArk and I have been threatening to write a song based on it ever since.

Things are happening.

Anonymous asked
What DOES your band name mean? (apologies if you've discussed it before/it's a reference I should know)

The Story of the Actual Pot Roast:  Believe it or not, there was an actual really good pot roast that the band was named after.  It was made on a specific day for a specific reason, and ironically enough neither Mark nor myself ever tasted a single bite of it.  The idea to name the band for such a trivial meal came form my wife, Erika, who I did not even know at the time.  I was away at college at the time and didn’t even hear about the whole thing for a few weeks.  I don’t think I told Mark the story for a few months.  The pot roast is famous among friends of my family.  Not because of how it tasted, but because of how it was described.  Allow me to explain.   My father was a gourmet chef.  You need to take my word on that otherwise the story doesn’t make sense.   My eldest sister and her husband came out to Long Island to visit my parents.  My brother-in-law’s birthday occurred during this trip so my father offered to make him whatever he wanted for dinner OR take him to a restaurant of his choosing.  My brother-in-law, as fate would have it, decided that he would like homemade pot roast.  Pot roast wasn’t one of my dad’s signature recipes, but he was able to put together a recipe he liked after looked through a few of the cook books in his collection.  My dad went to the butcher to select a cut of meat.  He went to the liquor store to select a good red wine.  He went to a farm stand to select the fresh vegetables.  Every aspect of the meal was planned in advance.  He spent an entire day in the kitchen hand-crafting the ultimate birthday meal for his only son-in-law.  Despite the fact that there were only 5 people at dinner, my father made different kinds of pie for dessert.  Are you getting the picture?  This was an epic meal.   Fast forward to the birthday dinner.  After salad, shrimp cocktails, and some soup, it was time for the main event.  Pot roast.  My father spent 10 minutes placing each element of the pot roast in just the right spot on the platter.  It was a picture perfect presentation.  He brought it to the table and served his masterpiece.  My mother and my other sister both told me subsequently that it was an amazing pot roast.  After everyone ate in silence for a few minutes my father turned to my brother-in-law and said, “So?  What do you think?”  to which my brother famously replied, “This is like the really good pot roast you get at Denny’s!”  There was no joke in that comment.  My brother-in-law meant it as the ultimate compliment. 

thereallygoodpotroast:

Theme Songs by The Really Good Pot Roast.  Music for and from Tumblr.
Helms-Deep brought the funk.
Dr. Baffled had his comments on life through the blues.
Texnessa had us take the O out of country.
MMLTD pushed the industrial.
Vanpocalypse brought the metal.
Jules brought out the indie pop in us.
WomanInterrupted summoned our TMBG out with geek rock.
TLoTH reminded us why both she and 80’s synth pop are awesome.
Dr. Cranquis set an electronica mood.
Theme Songs is a collection of 9 theme songs we’ve written for (and with) some of our favorite tumblr bloggers in the last couple of months.  And now, you can download the entire album in whatever file format you want.
Ralph suggested we post the album online for people to download, and we’re doing just that.  You can get the album now for whatever price you want to pay (including free). All proceeds from this album will go directly to the American Red Cross.
Get your copy today at bandcamp by clicking here!

So, seems like we had this album set to ‘private’ as opposed to ‘public’.  Whoops!  If you tried downloading or checking the page and didn’t see it, please try again!

Internetting is hard.

thereallygoodpotroast:

Theme Songs by The Really Good Pot Roast.  Music for and from Tumblr.

  • Helms-Deep brought the funk.
  • Dr. Baffled had his comments on life through the blues.
  • Texnessa had us take the O out of country.
  • MMLTD pushed the industrial.
  • Vanpocalypse brought the metal.
  • Jules brought out the indie pop in us.
  • WomanInterrupted summoned our TMBG out with geek rock.
  • TLoTH reminded us why both she and 80’s synth pop are awesome.
  • Dr. Cranquis set an electronica mood.


Theme Songs is a collection of 9 theme songs we’ve written for (and with) some of our favorite tumblr bloggers in the last couple of months.  And now, you can download the entire album in whatever file format you want.

Ralph suggested we post the album online for people to download, and we’re doing just that.  You can get the album now for whatever price you want to pay (including free). All proceeds from this album will go directly to the American Red Cross.


Get your copy today at bandcamp by clicking here!

So, seems like we had this album set to ‘private’ as opposed to ‘public’. Whoops! If you tried downloading or checking the page and didn’t see it, please try again! Internetting is hard.

Theme Songs by The Really Good Pot Roast.  Music for and from Tumblr.
Helms-Deep brought the funk.
Dr. Baffled had his comments on life through the blues.
Texnessa had us take the O out of country.
MMLTD pushed the industrial.
Vanpocalypse brought the metal.
Jules brought out the indie pop in us.
WomanInterrupted summoned our TMBG out with geek rock.
TLoTH reminded us why both she and 80’s synth pop are awesome.
Dr. Cranquis set an electronica mood.
Theme Songs is a collection of 9 theme songs we’ve written for (and with) some of our favorite tumblr bloggers in the last couple of months.  And now, you can download the entire album in whatever file format you want.
Ralph suggested we post the album online for people to download, and we’re doing just that.  You can get the album now for whatever price you want to pay (including free). All proceeds from this album will go directly to the American Red Cross.
Get your copy today at bandcamp by clicking here!

Theme Songs by The Really Good Pot Roast.  Music for and from Tumblr.

  • Helms-Deep brought the funk.
  • Dr. Baffled had his comments on life through the blues.
  • Texnessa had us take the O out of country.
  • MMLTD pushed the industrial.
  • Vanpocalypse brought the metal.
  • Jules brought out the indie pop in us.
  • WomanInterrupted summoned our TMBG out with geek rock.
  • TLoTH reminded us why both she and 80’s synth pop are awesome.
  • Dr. Cranquis set an electronica mood.


Theme Songs is a collection of 9 theme songs we’ve written for (and with) some of our favorite tumblr bloggers in the last couple of months.  And now, you can download the entire album in whatever file format you want.

Ralph suggested we post the album online for people to download, and we’re doing just that.  You can get the album now for whatever price you want to pay (including free). All proceeds from this album will go directly to the American Red Cross.


Get your copy today at bandcamp by clicking here!

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ladyofthehouse:

THEME SONG!!!!!

The Really Good Pot Roast has written a theme for my tumblr. When asked what kind of music I enjoy, I shrieked, “‘80s Synth Pop!!!!”  Yeah, they did it right.  This is just awesome.  I’m listening and head bobbing with my eyes closed, thinking all sorts of meaningful things.

I have made the album artwork the f*cking flower that I would really like teenage girls who are into “boho” to stop reblogging. That f*cking flower now has over 14,000 notes, is being used by some UK internet shop (without my permission), is several people’s avatars, and is the bane of my internet existence. It’s like people haven’t really thought about the whole Georgia O’Keefe “sometimes a flower isn’t just a flower” thing.

Apparently Thor factors in to this tumblr a bit. That makes me happy.  Would you like some Thor with your Thor?

Seriously guys, this is awesome. I’m giggling and bouncing over here.

-TLOTH

And finally, another theme song, this time for the awesome Lady of the House. Check back with us soon for updates on our theme song album to be released on Bandcamp!

A truthful text exchange between the band members

MARK: At a free concert with my wife. It's a blues band. Decent bar band. The guitarist has a gorgeous Gretch hollow body, but seems rough as a lead. He's unplugged himself twice mid-song.

MARK: Picture me trying to solo with a blues band. There you go.

ROB: Ouch.